GUILFORD, MO – A 19 year-old man was killed when his car was hit by a semi truck in Guilford, MO on Friday, November 4, 2011.
Guilford is located in Nodaway County, Missouri in the northwestern part of the state about 110 miles northwest of Lees Summit, 112 miles northwest of Blue Springs, 88 miles northwest of Kansas City and 39 miles north of St. Joseph.
The fatal accident occurred at 10:25 a.m. at the blacktop intersection of State Highways M and J about 3 1/2 miles east of Guilford and about 23 miles southeast of Maryville.
The victim was identified as Micheal R. Shoop, 19 years old from Maitland, MO. Shoop was driving eastbound on State Highway M (Route M) in a 2003 Oldsmobile when a southbound 2006 Freightliner semi truck on State Highway J (Route J) struck Shoop’s car on the passenger side.
Joseph C. Shoop, 21 years old and the brother of the victim was a passenger in the car and was injured in the accident. He was transported by ground ambulance to a nearby hospital where he was reported to have suffered moderate injuries.
The semi truck driver, Trenten L. Hervey, 24 years old from Martinsburg, IA, was not injured in the accident. Hervey was pulling a flatbed trailer at the time.
After the crash, the 18 wheeler swerved into a ditch and tipped over onto its side. The big rig sustained heavy damage in the collision. The passenger car was a total loss.
An article in the Maryville Daily Forum website reported on the accident:
Shoop was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:45 a.m. by Nodaway County Coroner Vince Shelby. A passenger, Joseph C. Shoop, 21, suffered moderate injuries, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report. Joseph Shoop was transported by Nodaway County ambulance to St. Francis Hospital & Health Services in Maryville.
According to the article, Hervey “allegedly failed to yield while southbound on Route J at a controlled intersection.”
We checked the Missouri State Highway Patrol accident report and it does state that the semi truck failed to yield for the sedan but there are stop signs in both directions at the intersection on Route M where the Oldsmobile was traveling.
The accident report does not say that the trucker was cited for failing to yield so it appears that the trucker had the right of way.
According to the accident report, both occupants of the Oldsmobile were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the accident but the the truck driver was.
In addition to the State Highway patrol, officials in attendance at the scene of the accident were a rescue team from the Tri-C Protection District and members of the Nodaway County Sheriff’s Office.
Truck Accident LawyerNews is a truck accident and personal injury blog that publishes up to date truck accident and truck legal news from across the United States. Missouri, due to its high population and vast highway system, has a high incident of truck accidents and personal injuries. Metropolitan cities with a high incident of truck accidents and vehicle collision resulting in severe personal injuries and even death include Kansas City, Lees Summit, Blue Springs and St Joseph to name a few.